Regionality wrote:Hi all,
So I am withdrawing from a school today and in the end I have felt they have handled their admissions process with me pretty terribly. Is there a risk in sending them a withdrawal email and giving them a polite piece of my mind in the withdrawal? I feel like I have nothing to lose with regards to this specific school, and the only risk might be if they told other schools.
Should these adcoms be told when we're unhappy?
What happened during the admissions process that you felt was poorly handled? I personally find it difficult to give advice without knowing, as some people tend to be less reasonable than others.
A few things.
1) I was told I was nominated for a scholarship and that I would receive info about it shortly...it took them two months (with me regularly calling in) for them to tell me I wouldn't be receiving any scholarship whatsoever...after I had deposited.
2) I have heard on TLS that Iowa has been awarding FULL scholarships to people they are taking off the wait list despite being told that once money was "returned to the pot" they would be issuing scholly's to those nominated for partial ones.
3) I emailed and called them multiple times about my financial aid status only to hear nothing from them for over a week despite being told that they would get back to me asap
4) They are giving out full scholarships, FULL rides, to people with only slightly better (or sometimes not better at all) numbers than many people nominated for partial scholly's who in the end received nothing despite being told they were probably going to get something (fully within Iowa's rights...but something that definitely doesn't rub any of the 70+ partial scholly nominees the right way)
This is me whining and ranting but I do feel it's very stupid the way they handled all of this. They don't OWE me anything, and they have every right to conduct their admissions process however they want, but as a customer (a term one poster used to describe our relationship with the admissions offices after our application fee and before our tuition payment) I feel like it's very unfair and stupid business practices.
Why tell someone they are nominated for scholarship they aren't sure they can give out? What purpose does this serve except potentially pissing an admitted student off if they don't end up getting anything? Are we supposed to feel sympathy for them that they ran out of money before they got around to giving us any? Is Iowa surprised they ran out of money when they're giving away FULL scholly's to people (according to LSN, some of the more surprising examples):
thepcv N 163 3.08 $117,906 Accepted A
MoSeph 164 3.72 $117,906 Accepted A
traehekat 164 3.59 $123,966 Accepted A
ronakkk 164 3.97 $117,906 Accepted
mattbradshaw 165 3.8 $118,000 Accepted
My numbers: 163, 3.64.
So, in the end I can do two things: 1) not attend (doing that) 2) tell them how I feel (considering doing this)
How would you all feel if this happened to you? (I'm prepared for all those tough folks out there who accuse me of pointlessly whining! I'd like to see how you'd feel about this if it happened to you)